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Club members Race to help girls in Nepal

Club members Race to help girls in Nepal

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Grange Club members helped to organise and  joined in a fun zoom afternoon at Cartmel races raising funds for Empowering Girls in Nepal. The plan had been to have a Regional outing to Cartmel races organised by Regional President Rosemary Hoyle so we organised a very successful Zoom trip to the races on August 23rd. Some participants at Zoom races Over £300 was raised for pour SIGBI project Empowering Girls in Nepal. To find out more see our page A good time was had by all, including the funniest and the fanciest hat competitions, a game of hoss and  gloss, singing "Blaydon Races"  and we watched 3 of the Cartmel  races. The funniest hat  winner was Hilary Blease from SI Lancaster and the fanciest hat winner was Linda Beddows from SI Fylde.
Club Get Togethers in August

Club Get Togethers in August

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Members  were keen to see each other again and  enjoyed  meeting in groups of 6 outside at Holker on 5 August , and somehow dodged the rain showers. The afternoon flew by with plenty of chatter and tea . The following week 12 members walked in 2 groups from Cartmel to Holker and back, coping with heat and humidity and enjoying seeing each other again. On 12th August Sheila hosted the first of her pop up  fundraising afternoon teas in aid of the Barrow Women's Centre , particularly Period Poverty and in perfect weather 6 members and Wilma the dog  enjoyed  a relaxing afternoon and delicious scones and cake. At all these events there was lots of socialising but also a chance to discuss projects and exchange ideas. SOME FACTS ABOUT PERIOD POVERTY 1 in 10 girls can't afford to buy menstrual products according to
Soroptimists marking the Day of Memory July 14th for victims of Honour based killings

Soroptimists marking the Day of Memory July 14th for victims of Honour based killings

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12 Honour killings in UK every year Several Club members joined in the on line seminar on Honour based killings as part of the Day of Memory . The annual day of remembrance is held each year on July 14th to remember those lost to honour killings. Where some families feel dishonoured, shamed and choose to forget, Karma Nirvana remembers and celebrate victim’s lives. The organisation is there to support people at risk  of forced marriage and honour based abuse. The Day of Memory was inspired by Bradford-born Shafilea Ahmed who was murdered by her parents in 2003 after suffering years of abuse for becoming ‘too westernised’.  There are an estimated 12 honour killings each year in the UK although the exact number is unknown. For advice from Karma Nirvana ring 0800 5999 247 or see their Helpline section on their website Payzee, the sister
What are Grange Soroptimists doing to support the Prison Reform Trust’s request for an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill?

What are Grange Soroptimists doing to support the Prison Reform Trust’s request for an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill?

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Grange Soroptimists  support the Prison Reform Trust’s proposals to amend the Domestic Abuse Bill to improve legal protection for victims/survivors who offend due to their experience of domestic abuse.  The Domestic Abuse Bill is currently at the Commmittee stage in Parliament so we have written to them. Official figures show that nearly 60% of women in prison are victims/survivors of domestic abuse and this is likely to be an underestimate.  Many have been driven to offend by their experience of abuse, yet they have no effective defence.  Parliament now has an opportunity to modernise the law through the Domestic Abuse Bill, by introducing legal defences that reflect improved public understanding of domestic abuse. The proposed legislation and surrounding policy framework would encourage earlier disclosure of abuse and access to support. Barrister Paramjit Ahluwalia’s article for the Law Society Gazette explains why current defences are ineffective
Singing for Memory group meet on Zoom!

Singing for Memory group meet on Zoom!

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The Singing for Memory group met on Zoom for the first time since lockdown and really enjoyed seeing each other again.   We had a great time singing favourite songs and also sang “Somewhere over the Rainbow“ in honour of front line carers. Everyone living with dementia , either sufferers or carers have found  Covid – 19 has made life more difficult and isolating, so it was helpful to get together again. Alzheimer’s Europe have urged organisations to support people living with dementia by phone calls and modern technology to reduce isolation and improve well being. Our volunteers have been phoning clients and also made a Singing for Memory book of photo memories early in lockdown to remind everyone about the usual sessions.  We hope it won’t be too long before we are back together in person and in the meantime will try and have weekly
What are Grange Soroptimists doing to help hungry families during Covid-19?

What are Grange Soroptimists doing to help hungry families during Covid-19?

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Club members in 3 teams  ( working in isolation) are baking traybakes and desserts for families struggling with food poverty during Covid -19 and 80 + portions are being distributed  weekly by Barrow Women's Centre. Barrow is one of the most deprived areas in the county, with one in three children  living in poverty. To help meet the additional needs and concerns of local people, the community has come together to create a coordinated community response to the coronavirus outbreak through  the Cumbria Community Foundation  who are working with many groups including Barrow Women's Centre. Grange  Soroptimists have had a long association with the Women's Centre and are delighted to be able to help  during Covid-19 and enjoy using their baking skills.     Team leader Sheila with  Soroptimist Star bakers and delivery drivers!
World Environment Day June 5th. What do Grange Soroptimists do for the Environment?

World Environment Day June 5th. What do Grange Soroptimists do for the Environment?

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We are more reliant on nature’s interconnected web and delicate balance than ever. Life on earth would not be possible without nature’s services, yet, these are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message. Viruses are causing loss of lives and livelihoods; forcing our lives to come to a stand-still. Nature is showing us that life as we know it, is on the verge of a breakdown. This World Environment Day, it’s Time for Nature. Time to re-imagine our relationship with nature; and put it at the heart of our decision making. Club members particularly those in the environment group are busy working to improve the environment through work in the Sensory Garden and raising awareness with  the Go Greener Calendar and Trash to Treasure!  

What did the club Singing for Memory team do to support their attendees during Covid-19 and Mental Health Awareness Week?

What did the club Singing for Memory team do to support their attendees during Covid-19 and Mental Health Awareness Week?

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The Covid  lockdown has increased the isolation already experienced by people living with dementia. The Singing for Memory team rapidly produced another photo book of memories for their clients and new song book to go with it. It was very apt that the distribution coincided with  Mental health awareness week with the theme Kindness matters. The book  has given people joy and a way of reconnecting with the regular weekly Singing for Memory sessions. Clients who had not previously received the CD and songsheets distributed in 2017 were also given one each so they could have a singalong at home. The books  were financed by previous generous donations by the public.